Local Emergency Management agencies provide updates on county travel status. Counties may be placed under travel advisories, alerts or warnings. The county travel status map can be found at http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory.
In severe winter weather situations, law enforcement may be busy with emergencies to respond to. DO NOT call local law enforcement or 911 for road information. Visit http://indot.carsprogram.org or call 800-261-ROAD for road information.
“INDOT will use all necessary resources to keep the interstates, U.S. highways and state routes open and as safe as possible for emergency responders,” said Gov. Mike Pence. “Hoosiers can do their part by following county travel advisories and staying off the roads, both during the storm and the blowing and drifting that follows. Do not put yourselves or your local emergency responders in harm’s way.”
The Indiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies encourage the public to keep its phone lines open for emergencies and to access road conditions at http://indot.carsprogram.org/ or by dialing toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623). For up-to-date county travel statuses, Hoosiers are encouraged to visit http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/.
For more winter weather and vehicle preparedness tips, visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.
The American Red Cross of Elkhart and Kosciusko counties have placed volunteers on alert and are prepared to respond, as needed, to storm-related emergencies.
As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross is urging all Elkhart and Kosciusko county residents to be prepared — not only for the snow, but for extreme cold and possible power outages. Additionally, extreme weather increases the risk of home fires.
Most importantly, Red Cross officials said, be a good friend and neighbor: Reach out to make sure others are safe and well.